Simon Kinberg Rumored to Take Over Writing ‘Star Wars’ Spinoff

By Kevyn Cortez | 2 years ago
Simon Kinberg Rumored to Take Over Writing ‘Star Wars’ Spinoff

According to reports, Lucasfilm’s Simon Kinberg will be taking over to write the script for next year’s untitled “Star Wars” spinoff. Read on for more details on this story.

According to, Kinberg will be replacing screenwriter Gary Whitta to pen a script for the untitled “Star Wars” spinoff that is set for next year. Whitta has departed from the project which is reported to be a “friendly split” between him and Lucasfilm. Kinberg currently serves as a consultant on “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and is also writer and producer for the animated series “Star Wars Rebels.”


Kinberg is also known for his work in the “X-Men” film franchise, as well as writing and producing several other box office successes such as “Mr. & Mrs. Smith,” “Sherlock Holmes,” “This Means War” and “Elysium.” His latest works include the comedy “Let’s Be Cops,” “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” “Ouija,” “Big Hero 6,” “Cinderella,” “The Fantastic Four” reboot and the upcoming  Channing Tatum starrer “X-Men” spinoff “Gambit.”

Moreover, according to SlashFilm, Kinberg is set to pen another “Star Wars’” standalone pic, although it is still unclear if the 2016 project will replace his involvement on the other film or add to his duties. The upcoming spin-off is said to be about a group of bounty hunters who plans to steal the first blueprints of the Death Star, set before the events of “A New Hope.” “Godzilla” helmer Gareth Edwards is tapped to direct the standalone pic which is set to release on December 16, 2016.

Set approximately 30 years after the events of the previous film, “Return of the Jedi,” “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” revolves around a trio of new young leads, along with the characters from the previous installments. “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” stars John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, Gwendoline Christie, Christina Chong, Lupita Nyong’o, Crystal Clarke, Pip Anderson, Miltos Yerolemou, Greg Grunberg and Warwick Davis. Meanwhile, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Kenny Baker will reprise their roles from the classic trilogy as Han Solo, Princess Leia, Luke Skywalker, C3PO, Chewbacca and R2-D2 respectively.

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is directed, written and produced by J. J. Abrams. He is joined by fellow “Star Wars” writer Lawrence Kasdan, who also co-wrote “The Empire Strikes Back” and “Return of the Jedi” from a story by George Lucas.  It is co-produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Bryan Burk, Walt Disney Pictures, Lucasfilm and Bad Robot Productions, to be distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures for a Dec. 18, 2015 release date.

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